Marin Chapter Newsletter
May, 2019

CCL exists to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power. -- Mission Statement

General membership and new member welcome meetings
Saturday, May 18 and June 15

Join us in Larkspur on Saturday mornings, connect with your fellow CCL members, watch the national video conference at 10, ask your questions and learn how you can participate. New and established members welcome! Veteran members will be there to help.
Please register here .
There's still time:
10th annual Citizens’ Climate International Conference & Lobby Day
June 9th – 11th, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Almost at capacity, join 1,300 fellow citizens in DC for this exciting educational event and journey up the steps of our Capitol. With actual legislation in play it will be more interesting than ever, not to mention all the other drama.
Register here . Lobbying space is limited.
The new, improved
CCL Community site is here!

All CCL members now have access.
A year in the making, this will help you get oriented, active and educated. It's rich, deep and easy to use (once you find your way around.)
Tours depart from here .

Enjoy exploring.

"We’ve come a long way from “It’s the economy, stupid.” A new CNN  poll  shows that 96% of registered Democrats list climate change as a very or somewhat important issue when evaluating potential presidential candidates. If the 2018 midterm election was about health care, 2020 may hinge on what candidates intend to do about the fact that the Earth is warming to unsustainable levels: 82% of those polled saw it as a “very important” issue—by far the most important concern of all issues listed.

Let's help shape the debate.
Green New Dealers Should Embrace a Carbon Tax

We can't get there from here without the economy on our side. Currently, it isn't.
Understanding the "Regulatory Pause" in the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

This feature of the bill has some, including our own congressman, concerned about suspending certain regulations covered by a carbon price. This briefing addresses them.
For a deeper policy dive:
Interactions between a Federal Carbon Tax and Other Climate Policies

Center on Global Energy Policy

" Putting a price on carbon is a critical part of a low-cost strategy for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and a national carbon tax is a rare example of a climate change policy that has found bipartisan support in the United States. In 2018, legislation establishing a carbon tax was proposed by Democrats, Republicans, and bipartisan groups of US congressmen. However, ... simply adding a carbon tax to current policies is unlikely to achieve an emissions target at the lowest cost."

"Designing a carbon tax that contributes to achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets effectively and efficiently will require an examination of whether other new policies are also needed and whether existing policies can or should be changed or eliminated...such an examination is critical to ensuring both sufficient emissions reductions and an efficient set of policies that keep costs in check for taxpayers." (Emphasis added.)

Comment: In other words: the carbon tax is necessary but not sufficient . Let's dispense with the trope that "it's not a silver bullet, therefore forget about it..." Rules and regs are obviously still needed, but you can't fight the market. Any regulatory "pause" must be delicately designed. Don't fall for the false argument that we think a carbon tax is a panacea. We don't, but as long as fossil fuels remain artificially "cheap," their ineluctable attraction will cause them to be used. It's that simple. Raise the price and do it without hurting people.
Petaluma Argus-Courier Editorial:
Fire aftermath, Santa Rosa, 2017
"Earth Day is April 22. What better way to celebrate than by contacting your congressman ( and letting him know you support the H.R. 763 carbon fee and dividend bill.

If you want to get more directly involved, you can join Citizens’ Climate Lobby,

The world faces no issue more important today than climate change. It’s time to take action."
More Republicans Than You Think Support Action on Climate Change

The author of this article recently gave a great talk at the Environmental Forum of Marin
U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed
America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years.
Maybe it's time to put a price on them.
Bye Bye Birdie:
Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life
Notes from a Remarkable Political Moment for Climate Change

If not now, when? If not us, then who?

U.S. must take action
to reduce CO2 emissions

The March 3 article on the Green New Deal got two important things right. The United States needs national legislation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as soon as possible. And that legislation must be economically just.

The GND would go far beyond these goals, and reform our economy and political processes from top to bottom. To some, these measures are controversial. Such a sweeping, high-concept resolution will significantly delay (if not kill) the political deal that would allow the GND to reduce carbon emissions. As the increasingly severe firestorms and tidal flooding demonstrate, we can’t afford delay.

The way to immediately and dramatically reduce carbon emissions is to pass the specific, detailed bill that already has bipartisan support: HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. By imposing rising pollution fees on companies that produce and import fossil fuels, this act would slash emissions more than any other detailed legislation ever introduced in Congress. By returning the revenues in equal shares to all Americans, it would make low- and middle-income families better off financially, providing the needed social and economic equity.

Because the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act would be effective, equitable and non-ideological, it would be as politically popular as Social Security. Let’s debate the GND; but meanwhile, let’s take immediate, effective action on carbon.
— Ray Welch, Marinwood

They're doing great work at the school board level making climate change a children's issue. But the politics are thick.

Comments, Questions?
Apologies for cross postings
Prepared by Peter G. Joseph, M.D.